Choose a Life that Matters...
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Good day all!
I want to remind you to be sure to print off the gift certificates at: www.terscott.com/10rulescertificate and use as stocking stuffers this year for friends and relatives. In this season of giving and sharing, what is more fitting than improving one’s mind and prosperity?
Before we discuss the 6th rule of the 10 Secret Rules for Attainment, allow me to share I a short article came across recently. It’s titled: “What Will Matter” by Michael Josephson. You may find it interesting and beneficial in your quest for attainment.
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to some one else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustration and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do list will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t mater whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Every your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters!
OK, now we return to our regularly scheduled Rule for Attainment. Do not try to force or hurry your mental picture into fulfillment. Accept that great things may require great time.
Hopefully you have smaller, short term goals with your larger goals. We may take for granted the every day tasks, which are really mini-goals. Use the successes of your smaller goals as “proof” that the larger goals can also become reality. For instance, a mini goal is getting your groceries. When you go grocery shopping this week, have an attitude of gratitude for the items you are able to purchase. Then know also that if you are buying hamburger this week, know that you will also be able to purchase steak in the future. Don’t say “I can’t afford steak”; say “I can afford hamburger”. Be grateful for the hamburger and later you’ll be grateful for the steak. Don’t state: “I can’t afford steak now, but I will in the future” because your mind hears the: “I can’t afford…” part. If you own a small used car today, you can own a new Lincoln, Cadillac, or Ferrari in the future. If you now live in a small house, this is “proof” that you can also live in a larger house, and so on. Also, if you’ve been successful at something, use this as “proof” that you can be successful in other things. Everything in life is connected in some way; and builds upon itself.
Understand that a larger house takes more time to build than a smaller house. This may seem obvious but use this as a reminder then that a larger dream or goal typically takes longer to achieve; but it is achievable! Just map out your course, set out and act on your wishes, and take note of the “road signs” along the way so you know if you are on or off course.
We’ll speak more about persevering on this journey next time with Rule 7.
Make it a great day! Ter